Can You Keep Your Gains After a Steroid Cycle?

A frequently discussed question among bodybuilders and people on steroids is whether you can keep your gains once you are off gear. Unfortunately, or not, the answer of NattyOrNot.com is:

No, you can’t keep your gains after a steroid cycle once you stop using.

Why are anabolic steroids so effective at making people big?

Anabolic steroids, technically known as anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), are drugs that are structurally related to the cyclic steroid ring system and have similar effects to the hormone testosterone in the body. They increase protein within cells, especially in skeletal muscles.


The reason people get so abnormally big on steroids is that even a small cycle increases the testosterone levels significantly. This literally means that the ability of the body to build muscle mass has also multiplied. In essence, the user becomes a super human compared to the mortals doing it naturally. During a successful cycle, it’s not uncommon to gain 15 lbs or more of actual muscle mass. Of course, even on steroids, the gains slow down at some point.

Reaching Your Genetic Potential

While the Satanists in the world want you to believe that you can be God, the truth is that you can’t. In one of his popular ‘motivational’ interviews,  the actor Will Smith said that 2 + 2 will equal whatever he wants it to equal. This reveals Satanic ideology and belief that man is as powerful as God and is the equivalent of saying that you are going to beat gravity or live 200 years. It’s unnatural and it’s not going to happen.

The same principle of mortality and limitations applies to building muscle. There are two limits in the world of muscle fiber construction – your natural limit and your steroid limit.

This is how life works. Sorry, but work and ego sickness are not going to fix that for you. You can choose to ignore your limits, but that would be as effective as ignoring the existence of gravity or the need to sleep. Tell us how it goes for you.

So, what happens when you go off steroids?

Example 1:

Person A starts taking steroids after reaching his natural genetic potential. He does a few cycles and gains 40 lbs of muscle. Let’s say that the individual’s maximum genetic potential was something like 170 – 180 lbs and thanks to the steroids he was able to reach the magic 220 lbs.

Once that person goes completely off drugs, he will fall down to 170 – 180 lbs at his previous condition and body fat levels. However, it’s not that simple. The period between 220 lbs and 170 -180 lbs will be a nightmare. When you stop taking steroids, your mood will be destroyed. Your testosterone levels will be extremely low and it will take a lot of time for them recover somewhat. If you have spent too how much time on drugs, your balls may never recover completely. The damage to the endocrine system has been done.

Example 2:

Person B starts taking steroids before actually reaching his genetic potential. Let’s say that the individual in question has a 170lbs maximum genetic potential, but starts taking steroids at 150 lbs and reaches 200 lbs. Once that individual stops using the drugs, he is going to go back down to 150 – 160 lbs. Some of the muscle can be kept because the individual in question has a higher genetic potential. However, most likely person B will also fall back down to the starting point.

Why?

Simple. In our case, there are 3 factors contributing to growth – steroids, training, nutrition. Once you remove anabolic steroids from the equation, the other two will have to compensate. That’s impossible. If could support your steroid gains by just training more and eating better, you would need to take steroid in the first place. Training and eating have never been capable of producing drug-like results.  When you don’t have the required hormones in your system to support your new muscle mass, all your gains will evaporate over time. Nutrition and training can only do so much.

Here’s an even simpler explanation:

Tommy works two jobs. His day job as a clerk earns him USD 1000. Since he needs more money, he also works as a gigolo at night and gets paid USD 6000 a month. One day Tommy gets tired of satisfying sexually deprived ladies and quits. His income will drop to USD 1000 and eventually this will have a reflection on his lifestyle. Regardless of how hard he works at his clerk job, he is never going to reach his income as a gigolo.

Can’t I just keep some of the gains? I promise I’ll be a very good boy.

No, you can’t. Sorry. You can’t keep any gains that came solely from steroids. You can only keep the gains that you were going to have with or without steroids. For more information watch the video below from Bios 3 RAW TV where he explains what happens once you go off.

In conclusion

No matter what they tell you, you can’t keep your steroid gains. There are many people who claim that it’s possible, but they are basically liars, idiots or steroid sellers. Sooner or later it will hit you hard. It happens to everybody – even the pros. Below is a typical bodybuilding detransformation that illustrates what happens once you quit.

Chris Cormier's bodybuilding detransformation is a proof that you can't keep much of your gains once you are off gear.

Chris Cormier’s bodybuilding detransformation is a proof that you can’t keep much of your gains once you are off gear.

At the end of the day, we always pay the price for our actions. We can lie only to ourselves and other people, but never to God and nature. We are nothing but little scripts running on a big computer. We don’t choose the programming language, nor the source code.

23 comments

  1. joesantus

    The late Dan Duchaine, a “steroid expert” who authored the first and second editions of “The Underground Steroid Handbook”, is often cited by those who insist that most or at least part of the gains made from steroids can be kept after ceasing steroid use.
    During my over forty years of (natural, drug-free) bodybuilding, I’ve observed some of Dan Duchaine’s statements being distorted (probably unintentionally) and misunderstood.

    If Duchaine is going to be quoted or referenced at all in a discussion, then it seems important to be accurate about what he actually said.

    Also, it’s important to realize that Duchaine changed his conclusions as he accumulated further data and experience. What he stated later about a point is not necessarily what he stated originally about that point. What Ducahine advised in, say, 1980 is not necessarily what he finally advised in, say, 1995. Therefore, it’s essential to be sure what’s being quoted or referenced is his final conclusion about a point of drug science, not an earlier conclusion which he himself would later acknowledge was erroneous.

    Dan Duchaine said THIS is in 1995:

    “…At least when you stop steroids, it takes a year or more for all those gains to completely disappear….”

    (Found in Duchaine’s reply when critiquing the effectiveness of IGF-1, at the end of Duchaine’s answer to the first question in this interview:

    https://thinksteroids.com/articles/dan-duchaine-hardcore-muscle-interview/ )

    Duchaine’s often-cited or paraphrased thought that “after stopping steroids, one can keep most of the gains made while on steroids” needs to be kept in context of his implication that typical, (what he defines as) proper steroid use involves a long-term lifestyle of on-steroids then off-steroids then on-steroids cycles. As he states in the opening sentence of Chapter Twelve of his 1989 “Underground Steroid Handbook II”, the chapter entitled, “Getting Off Steroids”, “…Even though it’s possible to use anabolic steroids all year long and still maintain one’s health, there are a number of reasons why an athlete should stop using steroids for a while….”

    Meaning, Duchaine’s advice for post-cycle therapy to minimize loss concerned steroid-users who might go off steroids FOR A WHILE. Dan Duchaine never said that anyone can keep most of their gains if they quit using steroids then NEVER use them again.

  2. Jay

    I find it very hard to believe you can’t keep some of your gains after a cycle. I understand how steroids work but still, just doesn’t make sense that you lose everything

    1. Truth Seeker Post author

      Why wouldn’t it make sense? After you come off your hormones are all over the place. It’s a very painful experience.

  3. Rob

    Satanism? God? Seriously? No one with half a brain believes in God or satan anymore dude.. Or did you write this article from a cave somewhere in the Middle East?

    1. Robert Lulek

      I would tell you young man there is a God if you know me and you don’t unfortunately then you would understand there is a God I know because he has done miracles in my life and I have met him he calls those who he chooses and only a fool would believe there is no God just look at this under wraps elephants Tigers phone they all just came to be to me that’s foolishness that’s like saying an F-15 jet just made itself

  4. John

    With as often as your science changes the things it claims to know, along with still discovering new things daily, I find it impossible to not believe in God(and only one at that). We can disprove science quickly and efficiently, but we have yet to disprove the existence of God. Put that in your protein blender.

    1. St nicholas

      we have also yet to disprove the existence of santa clause. So until science can provide indisputable evidence that santa clause does not exist, then I suggest you start putting milk and cookies near the fireplace each Christmas from now on, otherwise prepare for a box of coal, asshole.

  5. bob

    The story about Tommy is such a terrible analogy that it’s difficult to right. I’ll do my best.

    Tommy earns a 1000 dollars a month as a clerk, at night he works a seocnd job and makes 6000 as a Gigolo, He get’s tired of satisfying sexually deprived ladies. Tommy decides to spend the extra money wisely and further his education. For a while he will not be earning much money and perhaps even less than as a Clerk. After some time however he completes his education. This enables him to work his way up to earning as much money as he did as a Gigolo and in short order.. Still, had Tommy worked only as a Clerk he may have worked his way up the ranks eventually yet it would have simply taken much longer to get there.

  6. Mike

    I did 3 cycles of Steroids during college. I started the first cycle (dbol) solo for 8 weeks weighing 122 lbs (I am 5’7″). I finished the cycle at 138 lbs, did no pct of any kind and no other drugs for the next 6 months. I kept training and started my 2nd cycle at 138 lbs and finished at 166 lbs (test cyp, eq, anadrol 50) 10 weeks. I kept training, took teslac and hcg for 2 weeks pct only, then no other drugs for the next 6 months. 3rd cycle deca durabolin solo for 8 weeks started 165 lbs finished at 178 lbs. I then took no pct and took no other drugs for several years and trained off and on. My weight stayed steady at 175lbs. I started a new training program and actually started practicing sound nutrition. I was able to get to 196 lbs without drugs and lost bodyfat over the next 2 years. Fast forward 18 years and I weigh 205 with albeit higher bodyfat but still more muscle that at 196 lbs after training sporadically. I am now training to maintain weight at 205 and drop my bodyfat to single digits. Long story short, you can most definitely keep at least some of your muscle gained using steriods if your genetic makeup supports your body having the muscle and you actually caused new muscle growth in the first place. Could I get to 250lbs then maintain it? Probably not. Being only 5’7″ I’m sure my genetic limits are closer to the 220 range max.

  7. Bob

    Yeah lot’s of examples out there. I’ve never lost any gains made on a cycle. Obviously if running a wet compound you will lose water weight in pct and your muscles won’t be as full. Lean gains remain however if they’re within your natural potential. Steroids can certainly fast track your way there. Ofcourse I would never say there’s no risks in using steroids, any drugs for that matter. You have to weigh up risk vs reward.

  8. danny

    When you quit your gigolo job you will stop making that big progress of earning money, but you will have made savings and those savings can be kept as long as you don’t gamble. For example you can buy a flat flat with them. Once you stop working your night job you will no longer be earning so much to keep buying new flats but the ones you have already bought will remain. This article is basically saying while you work you will have flats and when you get on pention your flats will majically dissapear and you will be at the same spot that you were 20 years ago before you started working…

    1. Truth Seeker Post author

      No. When you use steroids to buy those flats, you are buying them with a mortgage. When you don’t have steroids, you can’t pay your mortgage. You will lose your flats over time. Try logic next time.

  9. bob

    Lol they won’t ever put arguments to rest. Once a year cycles for me personally. I like to be natural for the majority of my time as it suits my lifestyle. Remote travel etc . I not only maintain my gains from cycles but continue to get stronger in PCT and the 10 month down time.

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